Swansea have one or two injuries at the moment and they came off a poor performance last weekend when they lost 2-0 at Leicester City, and the bottom three club recorded their third win in a row in their valiant attempt to get to safety under former Newcastle coach Nigel Pearson.
Jonas Gutierrez – we hope he starts tomorrow
John Carver and Newcastle are on a terrible six game losing streak, and we hope that doesn’t continue tomorrow, but John Carver – as ever – is looking (too much?) on the positive side, and says we may be meeting Swansea at a good time and the advantage is with Newcastle tomorrow.
This is what John said:
“When you look at the last six games we’ve had they’ve been very difficult fixtures,” “But, if you look at Swansea’s situation they’ve got one or two injuries now, and they’ve had to reshuffle the team so we’ll take that as our advantage.”
“They’re a side that will try and keep the ball and so we’ll have to be patient at times, but I’ve got to come up with a winning formula and get the three points.” “I remember in the fixture last year they got a very late winner in the death of the game that killed us off a little bit.”
“We know what they’re about and we know their strengths and weaknesses but it’s about us now. We got a good draw earlier in the season and we’re looking to take that one step further this weekend.”
Swansea are still a good side and for the third season running they will finish above Newcastle in the Premier League, and the south Wales side are currently in 8th place on 47 points after 33 games – 12 points above Newcastle – who will not attain a top ten position in the league – which was our goal this season.
We had written that we hadn’t beaten Swansea since they were promoted – but that was wrong of course (what again?), because we won 2-0 at Swansea in April, 2012 when Newcastle were flying and Papiss Cisse scored two great goals for us.
So hey – we can beat Swansea – and maybe we can do that tomorrow.
And if we do we’ll be absolutely delighted – even ecstatic – no doubt about that.
It will be a case of – thank goodness for small mercies – a win at last – where’s the wine!